Breitling Super Avenger Military
December 8, 2013
Breitling recently introduced a new 24-hour military style timepiece called the Super Avenger Military — for those who like large, sporty, military style watches.
In lieu of 12 traditional hour markers, a military time watch uses 24 hour markers. So when the hour hand reaches what is normally 3 o’clock on a traditional watch, it is already 6 o’clock on this one. If you are in the military, this may have some utility. However, many companies, such as Victorinox, who uses an arguably simpler method of displaying the 24-hour time format: they print a supplementary military time scale on the inner part of the dial. This allows 24-hour time to be easily read at a glance, while still maintaining a traditional 12-hour dial.
I am not in the military, so I can not definitely say which way of showing military time is preferred, but I would argue that having both formats — is more intuitive. You see, even if you are familiar with military time, it takes a while to get used to a watch that has this type of display. In theory it is simple, but when you are conditioned to think that 6 o’clock is, well, 6 o’clock, it is hard to then remember that it is actually 12 o’clock on a true 24-hour military dial.
The Super Avenger Military comes in a massive 48 mm diameter matte PVD coated steel case. It is powered by an ETA 2892-2, that Breitling refers to as the Breitling caliber 22. It has 38 jewels, runs at 4Hz, has a 42-hour power reserve, and in addition to date, hours, minutes and small seconds, it has a flyback chronograph function (so you can reset the chronograph back to zero while it is running, without first hitting the stop button as is required on most chronos). The movement has been COSC certified.
The crown and pushers are screw locked. Solid screwed-in crown. Water-resistance is 300 meters. The sapphire is cambered and glareproofed on both sides. The bezel is ratcheted and rotates unidirectionally. The Super Avenger comes on a synthetic textile strap and is available in a limited series of 500 pieces.